Ewell commanded the Second Corps of the Army of Northern Virginia following the death of "Stonewall" Jackson in 1863. A graduate of West Point (class of 1840), Mexican War veteran, and career U.S. Army officer, Ewell was commissioned a brigadier general in the Confederate Army on June 17, 1861; Major General on Jan. 24, 1862; and Lt. General on May 23, 1863. He lost a leg at the battle of Second Manassas [or Groveton], Virginia, and replaced it with wooden prosthesis. He was removed from command after the battle of Spotsylvania, Virginia, in 1864. He ended the war as commander of the Department of Richmond and was captured at the battle of Sailor's Creek, Virginia, on April 6, 1865. After the war, he moved to Spring Hill, Tennesse where he died on January 25, 1872, subsequently buried in the Old City Cemetery in Nashville, Tennesse.